Archive for the ‘Tech Stuff’ Category

Install DIY: 4th Gen TL H&R Springs

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Hey there folks, we recently installed a set of H&R springs in a 2010 SH-AWD TL, and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase out new gallery software. All a work in progress, but presents pretty nicely!

http://heeltoeauto.com/gallery/index.php/Installs

Info on Skunk2 TSX exhausts shipping internationally

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

We get asked quit a bit about shipping Skunk2 TSX (Accord CL9) Exhausts to far off locations like Australia and Europe. International customers are mostly aware that shipping costs can get pretty high for large items such as exhausts. They are heavy and ship in “oversized” boxes.

Oversized boxes are ones where the outside dimensions of the box are larger than a typical or average package are. There are usually different tiers of over-size a box can fall into, and with each tier comes a fairly significant price hike. Skunk2 exhausts fall into the highest tier of oversize box that there is! Fujitsubo and A’pexi systems are also quite large. So shipping these systems ends up being quite costly.

Heeltoe, being advocates for customers and sympathetic to the high costs of freight, like to reduce cost to customers whenever possible. So with many oversized packages like lip-spoilers and exhaust systems we open the box and repack the contents in such a way that we can cut the size of the box down to get it into smaller oversize tiers. Apex’i shipping many times gets cut in half (Apex’i has actually consulted us on our packing techniques to reduce their own cost as well!), Fujitsubo cat-back shipping we reduce by 20% or more, and front lips we can usually save customers 20% as well!

Skunk2 exhausts, unfortunately, are designed in such a way that we cannot physically reduce the size of the package while keeping the contents intact. So we came up with a really unique idea for a customer in Malta (a small Mediterranean island south of Sicily) who absolutely HAD to have a Skunk2 system for his CL9 but wanted costs of freight dropped below nose-bleed territory. As you can imagine, shipping to Malta is a pretty costly thing to do.

So, WITH THE CUSTOMER’S CONSENT, we CUT the exhaust. We marked the pipes and put a cut in the muffler section so that we could dramatically reduce the cost of the package shipping.

Doing this allowed us to DRAMATICALLY reduce the cost of shipping the exhaust. I think it was something like a 60% savings. Our cut was clean and lined up perfectly when the customer got the exhaust. One simple weld at a fab shop was all that was needed to get the system going. The customer was extremely happy with how things turned out!

So, if you are interested in this service please let us know. We know this seems like a dramatic thing to do, but reducing shipping costs to places like Australia, for example, from something like $800+ US to under $300 US is a pretty dramatic savings!

Only 3 days left to get FREE SHIPPING on New HT-Spec V2 Damper Kits!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Another reminder…the newly revised HT-Spec Damper Kits by Function/Form are going to be shipping out VERY soon! We had a free shipping promo that is going to end very shortly now. Read up on it in this past Pitboard Post: http://www.heeltoeauto.com/pitboard/?p=1150

Photostream of 09-10 TSX Grille is now up with a final production pic

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

We’ve chronicled the progress of our 09-10 TSX front grille project in this Flickr Photostream set.

ORDER HERE: http://www.heeltoeauto.com/ATLP-Sports-Grille-2009-2010-Acura-TSX-pr-65831.html

Link to the set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heeltoeautomotive/sets/72157627297165514/

This grille, originally dubbed a Fastline Performance part has now been adopted under the ATLP brand. ATLP stands for “Achieving Total Luxury and Performance” and this grille exemplifies that credo quite well! Fitment is perfect, the design is evolved from OEM styling, and the high-end touches like the carbon-emblem background make it a stand-out part!

ORDER HERE: http://www.heeltoeauto.com/ATLP-Sports-Grille-2009-2010-Acura-TSX-pr-65831.html

See More Pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heeltoeautomotive/sets/72157627297165514/

Latest video of 4g TL SH-AWD ATLP Quads in action: We need a 2012 car in Socal!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Hey folks, our ATLP SH-AWD Quad prototype is getting all kinds of work out on the streets. Check out the latest video of it!

Order your SH-AWD ATLP system here!: http://www.heeltoeauto.com/ATLP-Cat-Back-Exhaust-System-09-Acura-TL-SH-AWD-ES0010-pr-65884.html

Also we need to test fit this system on a 2012 model here in Socal, to ease concerns about it not fitting. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WITH A 2012 SH-AWD TL IN SOCAL LET US KNOW!

ATLP Cat-Back for 09- TL SH-AWD Prototype DONE, collecting orders now!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Hey folks, at long last our prototype of this long-awaited system is complete. Now we are coordinating the production of this system and are collecting backorders NOW. Order online at heeltoeauto.com to be one of the first with this exclusive new system:

Place an order now! : http://www.heeltoeauto.com/ATLP-Cat-Back-Exhaust-System-09-Acura-TL-SH-AWD-ES0010-pr-65884.html



See this Acurazine link for more discussion on this system: http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13099804#post13099804





Place an order now! : http://www.heeltoeauto.com/ATLP-Cat-Back-Exhaust-System-09-Acura-TL-SH-AWD-ES0010-pr-65884.html

Visit to Racingbrake, and some great tech stuff! 2-piece rotor heavy info, and NEW TL rear BBK leaks!

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Hey subscribers! I went to RB the other day to test fit the HT-Spec Stage 5 BBK on the TSX. While I was there I got an eye and earful of info to share with you! The photostream is on Flickr, linked here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heeltoeautomotive/sets/72157627203884430/


Don’t forget these Stage 4 and 5 BBKs are for sale NOW with special promotion!

Here are some shotz for you to digest before getting into it!

Racingbrake's hardess testing station.

Calipers...oooo.

Getting to work on the HT-Spec TSX.


Don’t forget these Stage 4 and 5 BBKs are for sale NOW with special promotion!

HT-Spec V2 Damper Kits, Type-I and Type-II, SHIPPING SOON

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The HT-Spec damper kits, a co-brand venture between Function/Form and Heeltoe Automotive, have been a resounding success!

We have confirmed now that Version 2 kits are shipping from Asia in the next week or two, and will be leaving for customers around the end of July. At this time we are opening up a special pre-order event, including FREE SHIPPING on all HT-Spec V2 Type-I and Type-II damper kits (use coupon code “v2damperintro” in the shopping cart).
ORDER AN HT-SPEC V2 Damper Kit Now!

If you already have HT-Spec V1 dampers, and would like to upgrade to V2 shocks, please order those through this link: CLICK HERE

F2 originally offered a 03-07 Accord kit, and if you had a 1G TSX you needed to grind away material from the rear shock mount, and if you had a 3g TL then you needed to remove the front upper mount to install them. It fit neither car perfectly but people seemed to like them. Well, in came Acura specialist, Heeltoe Automotive. We provided the test cars and engineering spec they needed to correctly mount kits into our favorite Acura cars.

But we didn’t stop there. It was found that the shock valving of the F2 kits was less than ideal for the sports/luxury nature of the 04-08 Acura offerings. We insisted that some adjustments be made to the valving and spring rates to provide a better customer experience. The kits were made to our HT-SPECS and were met with instant praise among the Acura community!

HT-Spec kits were offered in Type-I and Type-II configurations. Both kits offered full-length adjustable dampers for huge height adjustment range, assembled with new upper mounts that make installation a breeze, and dimensions that allowed moderate 1.5″ drops all the way down to the ground. The kits differed in that the Type-I versions had a fixed damper setting, while the Type-II allowed user-customizable shock settings to get the ride and handling dialed in just how they want it!

Kits flew off the shelves as soon as they were released! Coupled with HT-Spec Ingalls rear camber kits and HT-Spec Skunk2 front camber kits, we could hardly keep up. But, noticing enough was not enough, we decided we could further enhance the HT-Spec damper kits to make our customers so happy they would have a hard time choosing any other damper kit out there!

The original Version 1 kits were tuned for people who want to go low and have a firm-ish ride. Many customers loved the tuning, but some folks commented that the ride was a bit too firm. To compensate we made the front dampers a little softer, which again drew praise however others felt the car was a little to squishy, making driving hard a nervous proposition.

So was born the Version 2! The HT-Spec V2 dampers are honed to perfection. The front dampers have enough compliance to keep the cabin somewhat isolated from road harshness, while providing a sharpness and body control in hard driving that sporting drivers can appreciate. The rear dampers have been refined in order to provide an excellent overall ride while again allowing spirited driving and excellent at-the-limit performance. These dampers were reviewed by our resident TSX reviewer, Mayuga on the TSXClub Forum:

Click here for the TSXClub feedback. Results are similar on the 3g TL. Note that the V2 discussion starts around post #19.

We have confirmed now that Version 2 kits are shipping from Asia in the next week or two, and will be leaving for customers around the end of July. At this time we are opening up a special pre-order event, including FREE SHIPPING on all HT-Spec V2 Type-I and Type-II damper kits (use coupon code “v2damperintro” in the shopping cart).
ORDER AN HT-SPEC V2 Damper Kit Now!

If you already have HT-Spec V1 dampers, and would like to upgrade to V2 shocks, please order those through this link: CLICK HERE

The NEW Tein Street Basis: What’s the hubbub about?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Recently Tein launched the new Street Basis damper kits for select models, in replacement of the Tein Basic damper kit. So the natural quest has to be, why? Wasn’t the Basic an awesome setup? Well, yes, it was! And still is for most cars. But as all good companies will tell you, those who fail to improve product over time will be left in the dust. Thus is born the Street Basis, featuring many advancements beyond the standard on Tein’s entry level range.

Here she is, the Street Basis. This one in specific is a front damper from a 99-03 TL. Other kits will have similar features, with slightly different shapes.

Let’s blow it up!

Street Basis, blown apart.

The main improvements all happen at the spring seat and threaded sleeve. First you notice there is a white ring (plastic? Nylon?) where there used to be a black rubber seat isolator. When the Basics were installed in the car, any amount of pre-load on the rubber isolator made spinning the adjustment collar a difficult task. Invariably you’d need to lube the rubber to allow for easier spinning, but this has the nasty side effect of breaking down the rubber material causing it to deteriorate, which could result in noise.

The spring seated against this thin plastic isolator allow for a much smoother and easier adjustment of the car’s height, even when there is pre-load dialed in.

Revised spring seat isolator allows easier adjustment of vehicle height.

Likewise, the spring seat used to be a smaller diameter than the spring that it was supposed to hold up. This always baffled me a bit, as though Tein calculated all the measurements of lowering the car ideally but couldn’t get this measurement right. The offset sizing of the Basics only promoted further deterioration on the rubber isolator, and shifting of the spring that again could have been causing noises over time (I never substantiated it, but it could be…)

The Street Basis has a properly sized spring seat to allow positive seating of the spring, without shifting. Of course, Tein’s innovative collars with the wrench-holding flanges on the edges are retained, possibly one of the best features Tein has come up with in the last 5 years or so since graduating from the HA/etc.

With new spring seats, the springs sit properly on the dampers without shifting.

And what about the threaded collars themselves? The black color is a special coating that resists corrosion in the threads. The idea here is to keep the system free from thread-clogging debris and rust to ensure longer life (again, the corrosion issue was not specifically widespread, but plenty of people in harsher climates seriously appreciate this feature).

Threaded collars now how Tein's proprietary corrosion-prevention coating on them. It almost feels like Teflon, but technically it isn't.

And notice how the sleeve is no longer welded to the shock body? It is located with a key-way to prevent spinning, but it is not actually attached to the shock. Saving this weld and making the sleeve out of a less expensive, coated material helped to allow Tein to reduce the cost of their Street Basis 10-15% below the cost of the Basic. Lower price? WIN!

Last but not least, one of the lesser publicized improvements seen in the Street Basis, brought to you by Heeltoe, is the new bump stop and dust boot! The old bump stops were loose on the damper shaft, so they would fall and sit at the base of the damper shaft. The dust boot fit over top and attached around the rim of the damper body. This setup allowed the bump stop to constantly rub on the piston shaft, and in extreme cases wear it down and be a potential location for a leak. I even saw one kit that was riding on the bump stop so long the rubber itself ripped apart and a chunk of it got wedged in the shaft seal!

Not only that, but the dust boot was constantly being tweaked and rubbed and distorted every time there was full compression. The boot would ultimately get damaged and torn, and in some cases even started rubbing against the coils making an annoying noise (which I HAVE substantiated).

Even the bump stops are new!.

The new bump stop design features a snug fitting part that sits at the top of the damper shaft (just like OEM ones do) and does not fall down. It never rubs on the shaft and only works when full compression is realized. The dust boot is a longer part that sits atop the bump stop and drapes gently down around the shock tube, without contacting anything. This new design will ensure a longer life on the dampers (they already lasted a long-ass time, but better is better) and less noises from torn dust boots.

There you have it! Now the money-shot: BUY HERE! And remember Heeltoe is the ONE company selling Acura parts whose specialty is professionalism, honesty, and excellent service. And we know what we are talking about as well ;)

HT-Spec Brake Packages now available for 1999-2012 TSX, CL and TL models

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Check this link to scope out the latest brake kit for your TSX or TL! We have listsings for all the 99-12 TL models, and 04-11 TSX, as well as 01-03 CL!
FIND YOUR CAR IN THIS LINK!

Stage 0:
HT-Spec Stage 0 Brake Kit
RB Performance Pads, Fastline Brake Lines, and Honda Genuine fluid

Stage 1:
HT-Spec Stage 1 Brake Kit
RB Performance Open-Slot Front Rotors, Optional Rear Rotors, RB Performance ET300 Pads, Fastline Brake Lines, and Honda Genuine Fluid

Stage 2:
HT-Spec Stage 2 Brake Kit
RB Performance Open-Slot Front Rotors, Optional Rear Rotors, RB Performance ET500 Pads, Fastline Brake Lines, and Motul RBF600 Fluid

Check this link to scope out the latest brake kit for your TSX or TL! We have listsings for all the 99-12 TL models, and 04-11 TSX, as well as 01-03 CL!
FIND YOUR CAR IN THIS LINK!

Stage 3:
HT-Spec Stage 3 Brake Kit
RB Performance Open-Slot 2-piece Rotors, Optional Rear Rotors, RB Performance ET500 Pads, Fastline Brake Lines, and Motul RBF600 Fluid

Stage 4:
HT-Spec Stage 4 Brake Kit
RB Performance 12.8″ One Piece Slotted Rotors, Forged Aluminum Calipers, ET300 Pads (Optional ET500 & ET800), RB Brake Lines, Motul RBF600 Fluid

Stage 5:
HT-Spec Stage 5 Brake Kit
RB Performance 12.8″ Two-Piece Open Slot Rotors, Forged Aluminum Calipers, ET300 Pads (Optional ET500 & ET800), RB Brake Lines, Motul RBF600 Fluid

Check this link to scope out the latest brake kit for your TSX or TL! We have listsings for all the 99-12 TL models, and 04-11 TSX, as well as 01-03 CL!
FIND YOUR CAR IN THIS LINK!